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Congratulations to graduating students

15 August 2011

Last week, nearly 5,000 Middlesex students, watched by proud relatives and friends, graduated at ceremonies held in the Graduation Marquee at our Hendon campus. Celebrations took place in the Rickett Quadrangle, after the official ceremonies, where students were able to commemorate their achievements with their families. 15 ceremonies were held over 5 days, which involved students, their families and staff from across the University. Honorary degrees, given to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community, were also awarded to nine recipients, including Shami Chakrabarti (Director of Liberty) and Phil Tufnell (former England cricketer), alongside graduating students. Shami Chakrabarti Shami Chakrabarti has led human rights campaigning group Liberty since 2003, previously acting as the organisation’s in-house counsel. Her role has seen her take a major role in Liberty’s engagement with the “War on Terror” and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society.

 Shami said: “It is heartening that this Honorary Doctorate recognises Liberty’s work in human rights. The Human Rights Act has come under heavy fire recently – much of it inaccurate – and universities have a big part to play in debunking such myths. “It is much tougher for students today than when I attended university 20 years ago, and they have plenty to be angry about. But they also have the ability to make change happen. “In such difficult times, the value of education – of academic freedom and empowering young people to hold those in power to account – should not be underestimated.” Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “We are very proud of our University’s law and human rights expertise so it was a thrilling moment for students and staff to welcome and recognise one of the UK’s leading lights in these fields. The passion and determination Shami brings to her work is an example to anyone setting out on their own career journey.”

Phil Tufnell joined students, many graduating from sports related degree courses. Aside from a successful cricket career with Middlesex and England, Phil has also capitalised on his reputation as an entertainer with a wide range of TV work including ‘A Question of Sport’, ‘The One Show’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’. Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “Phil was a match winner on the pitch but also a much loved character off it. To be able to honour a local boy who has reached the very top of his game is a real pleasure, and his achievements will be an inspiration to our students.” Phil said: “As a cricketer, Middlesex was my county team and North London is where I grew up, so it’s a real pleasure to receive this honorary doctorate from Middlesex University. I’m wishing the next generation of graduates the best of luck.”

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